Mumbai:Former skipper Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday welcomed Rahul Dravid's return to India's ODI scheme of things and said the experienced right-hander's inclusion will be a bonus for the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side at the Champions Trophy in South Africa later this year.
The BCCI selection committee included Dravid in the 30-member probables list for the Champions Trophy to start from September 24, paving way for the former captain's return to the ODI team since October, 2007.
"He's (Dravid) so good in all forms. His inclusion will be a bonus for India. I'm sure he would do well. It's the right decision (by the selectors to recall him). He himself would not have expected it," Ganguly said after attending the Cricket Board's Technical Committee meeting here on his 37th birthday.
Apart from Dravid, left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra, who impressed in the Indian Premier League in South Africa as well as the just-concluded ODI series in West Indies, was also included in the list of probables for the biennial event.
Ganguly also advised out-of-favour left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan to draw inspiration from Dravid and Nehra's comeback and earn his place back into the national team.
"Irfan should look at the example of Rahul Dravid and Ashish Nehra. If you keep performing well you are bound to bounce back. He's young and talented, he knows he has to do better," said the Bengal stalwart.